Thou Shalt Not Pirate Movies Nor Music

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by John Ellis

My six-year old heathen heart knew two things: I wanted some candy and an entire wall of candy was spread out before me. So, I took some candy, opened it, and began satisfying the lust of my little, heathen heart.

Later, as we piled into the station wagon, my mom knew two things, too: I hadn’t entered the store with any candy and she hadn’t purchased any for me while we were in the store. So, she marched me back into the store, and under her flashing, stern eyes I admitted to the manager what I had done.

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Review – Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer


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by John Ellis

***This review contains spoilers***

“How do we know the skulls are empty?”

That gruesome question is asked by Assistant District Attorney Alexis McGuire, played by Sarah Jane Morris, as she stares at a row of dead babies. Whether or not the “skulls are empty” is a vital piece of evidence she needs to help build her case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor accused of murder, among a litany of other crimes. That question also represents the contrast between humanity (life) and evil (death) portrayed in Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.

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Netflix Does Not Care About Your Sanctification


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by John Ellis

A couple of days ago, a friend mentioned how he had watched (started to watch) a movie from his childhood with his kids. “I forgot what was in it,” he confessed. “It was terrible!”

That started a brief conversation about how the MPAA ratings system works and how in the mid-eighties Tipper Gore helped change the content in movies. This may seem counter-intuitive to many people, but the movies of the seventies and the early eighties were generally much filthier and contained more nudity and explicit sexuality than the movies released from the mid-eighties until recently.

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Wonder Woman as a Proverbs 31 Woman?

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by John Ellis

I have yet to watch the new Wonder Woman movie. Not because I’m opposed to a movie about Wonder Woman, nor am I necessarily opposed to this current iteration of the DC heroine. I just don’t watch many movies. However, the amount of noise and cultural tug-of-war surrounding Wonder Woman makes me occasionally wonder if I should carve out some time to watch the Gal Gadot vehicle.

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Christians and Nudity in Movies

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by John Ellis

This is an older article. Well, older in the sense that I wrote it at the end of this past December. In a paragraph or two (or more), I’ll explain why it’s taking me so long to share it with my blog readers and Facebook followers. The reason why I’m sharing it now is because I believed and still believe that this is an important topic that many Christians either willfully ignore in order to justify watching their favorite TV shows and/or movies, or they interact with the topic dishonestly for the same reason. That’s a seemingly harsh and judgmental thing for me to say, I know that; and it ties into why I’ve waited to share it, which I’ll get to in a moment (how’s that for a tease?).

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My Family’s Decision About Beauty and the Beast

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by John Ellis

I have learned that if you express your opinion/belief in writing, some will take it as if you’re dictating it as law for everyone else. Which is to be expected, I guess. Unfortunately expected, I should say.

Writers have to learn to say what they’re going to say and then be willing to let the chips fall where they may. Sometimes, writers do a poor job of communicating their ideas, and, hence, much of the blame for whatever poor responses ensue can be placed on their pen. Other times, readers will enter a piece with an agenda; the writer’s arguments are almost irrelevant to the readers’ thought processes and responses. Most of the time, though, writers need to be aware of the limitations of their chosen medium. It’s not possible to say everything, especially in online writing, and writers need to pick a thesis and pursue that thesis. That means, of course, that certain nuances may very well be left behind. Hopefully, the reader, especially if the reader has been following the writer, can fill in some of the gaps left by the lack of a specific nuance.

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